Archive for December, 2011

  • (Okay, this is excessively nerdy talk meant primarily for the InDesign-heads out there. It’s also incomplete. There are a TON of reasons I love GREP styles, but here I’m gonna focus on one.) A few versions back, InDesign added these things called GREP styles, which use the pattern-matching power of regular expressions to cause formatting to [...]

    Why I Love GREP Styles

    (Okay, this is excessively nerdy talk meant primarily for the InDesign-heads out there. It’s also incomplete. There are a TON of reasons I love GREP styles, but here I’m gonna focus on one.) A few versions back, InDesign added these things called GREP styles, which use the pattern-matching power of regular expressions to cause formatting to [...]

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  • It's been a challenging year for everyone. But you know what they say, a challenge is just an achievement yet to be overcome. Wait, is that a thing people say? Well, they should. In 2011, I've had the great pleasure of working with some of the brightes...

    Who I Worked with in 2011 (And who you should hire in 2012)

    It's been a challenging year for everyone. But you know what they say, a challenge is just an achievement yet to be overcome. Wait, is that a thing people say? Well, they should. In 2011, I've had the great pleasure of working with some of the brightes...

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  • Fred has opened the door to pitches for a book of Don't Rest Your Head hacks, which is a fantastic idea.  You can find out more details, you can check out his post, and if the idea appeals to you, I strongly encourage you to consider writing a pitch.I'...

    A Pitch In The Dark

    Fred has opened the door to pitches for a book of Don't Rest Your Head hacks, which is a fantastic idea. You can find out more details, you can check out his post, and if the idea appeals to you, I strongly encourage you to consider writing a pitch.I'...

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  • These are some thumbnail previews of the game boards in the rough draft of Pop and Locke's Last Heist. If you backed the Writer's Dice Kickstarter for four dice or more, you should have gotten a PDF link on Tuesday. Check your email!

    Pop and Locke’s Last Heist – Game Boards

    These are some thumbnail previews of the game boards in the rough draft of Pop and Locke's Last Heist. If you backed the Writer's Dice Kickstarter for four dice or more, you should have gotten a PDF link on Tuesday. Check your email!

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  • Dear Deadly, Licenses seem to be a mixed blessing in the industry. Clearly a popular license can increase sales, but the difficulty in getting stuff reviewed and the delays that can introduce seem to be a huge burden, above and beyond the cost of the license. I know that you had an “in” with the [...]

    Dear Deadly: Are Major Licenses Worth It?

    Dear Deadly, Licenses seem to be a mixed blessing in the industry. Clearly a popular license can increase sales, but the difficulty in getting stuff reviewed and the delays that can introduce seem to be a huge burden, above and beyond the cost of the license. I know that you had an “in” with the [...]

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  • Yesterday, a Redditor asked

    Reddit asks: "Anyone played Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple?"

    Yesterday, a Redditor asked "Has anyone played Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple? Is it any good?" And boy, did we get some nice responses!rkalajian "The game, along with the physical book itself, are amazing. The mechanics are simple enough to get up ...

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  • So I’ve recently been pushing hard to make sure Evil Hat has enough plates spinning at once that we’ll have a pretty steady (if a bit irregular) slate of releases once the projects start reaching their conclusions. This means I have a spreadsheet with about a baker’s dozen projects listed in it, all in various [...]

    State of the Hat: 2012 and Beyond

    So I’ve recently been pushing hard to make sure Evil Hat has enough plates spinning at once that we’ll have a pretty steady (if a bit irregular) slate of releases once the projects start reaching their conclusions. This means I have a spreadsheet with about a baker’s dozen projects listed in it, all in various [...]

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  • Recently I realized I was out of my depth when it came to doing graphic design on the cards for Race to Adventure, and brought Daniel Solis on board to do the work. It’s absolutely been proving out as the right decision. Daniel’s bringing a level of polish to the cards that I think would have eluded [...]

    Fear vs Caution

    Recently I realized I was out of my depth when it came to doing graphic design on the cards for Race to Adventure, and brought Daniel Solis on board to do the work. It’s absolutely been proving out as the right decision. Daniel’s bringing a level of polish to the cards that I think would have eluded [...]

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  • Today, I want to talk about elves.When you sit down to make your own fantasy setting, whether for publication or just for your own game, the simple reality is that you stand under the twin shadows of Tolkien and D&D.   They set an expectation for what ...

    About Those Elves

    Today, I want to talk about elves.When you sit down to make your own fantasy setting, whether for publication or just for your own game, the simple reality is that you stand under the twin shadows of Tolkien and D&D. They set an expectation for what ...

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  • So I had an idea for a parade game before I realized

    [In the Lab] Parade-Themed Game

    So I had an idea for a parade game before I realized "Wait, this was Fred's Rafters idea." I was imagining a marching band in a parade, who must keep a very deliberate Left, Right, Left, Right rhythm. If they must turn corners, then they do LRRR or RLL...

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